however when i put my CD drive back into my computer it struggles/will not to boot up.
Firstly it pauses for a significantly longer time at the "verifying pool DMI................." command, and following this asks for my boot disc. On putting my windows XP disc into the drive it loads various files (i assume they are files, "kernal debugger DLL" etc) and then arrives at windows XP setup screen prompting me to: "setup windows"
trying to either setup or restore windows leads to 'setup' saying that no hard disk drives can be detected and setup cannot continue, please sort out this problem by installing any software or updates associated. as far as i am aware my cd drive is as basic as they come, its plugnplay without any software, it's not CD/RW, it is detected by the computer at start up (accessed through pressing the delete key) and has worked perfectly for 4 years or so.
the problem seems to be irrelevant or the actual cd drive, i have now tried two C straight CD/R drives one CD/RW and the original DVD/RW drive that possibly caused the problem
On starting the computer up without any cd drive present (but still with 3 1/2" floppy) the computer works normally
I am not hugely computer literate but my guess is that something is not connected correctly somewhere? although am fairly sure that the computer is now setup up as it was prior to this occurring
initially my friend connected his dvd/rw to the spare plug on the cable going from the motherboard to the 3 1/2" floppy without paying a lot of attention to the fact the plug/socket were of different size, could this have created a conflicting hardware situation